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English noun: emphasis

1. emphasis (state) special importance or significance

SamplesThe red light gave the central figure increased emphasis.
The room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents.


Broader (hypernym)grandness, importance

Narrower (hyponym)focus, stress

2. emphasis (attribute) intensity or forcefulness of expression

SamplesThe vehemence of his denial.
His emphasis on civil rights.


Broader (hypernym)intensity, intensiveness

Narrower (hyponym)overemphasis

3. emphasis (communication) special and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g.

Broader (hypernym)rhetorical device

Narrower (hyponym)topicalization

4. emphasis (communication) the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)

SamplesHe put the stress on the wrong syllable.

Synonymsaccent, stress

Broader (hypernym)inflection, prosody

Narrower (hyponym)accentuation, pitch accent, sentence stress, tonic accent, word accent, word stress

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